Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Song of the Lord (Numbers 22-24; Deuteronomy 6,8,11,32) QUESTIONS

Balaam the Prophet

READ Numbers 22:8-13

Who was Balaam?

If a spiritually gifted person curses someone that God does not want cursed, by whose power do they do it?

Does God really curse people?


Interestingly, when Israel attacks Midian, they kill Balaam who had taught the Midianites how to successfully defeat Israel by tempting them with the worship of false gods.

READ Numbers 24:13

Why would Balaam go from swearing to follow the Lord to selling his spiritual services for money?



The Song of the Lord

READ Deuteronomy 31:19-22

Why does the Lord give Moses a song?


READ Deuteronomy 32:1-2

What is the dew and small rain to the tender plants?

Who are the tender plants (found in the desert land, v.10)?

How did the Lord sustain life for Israel?


READ D&C 130:18-21, D&C 93:36 and D&C 88:13

Why is true doctrine life-giving?


READ Deuteronomy 33:13

While all of Israel were admonished to receive the life-giving dew, which group was specifically blessed to receive it?


READ Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Who is the “rock”?

Why is He called the Rock?


READ Deuteronomy 32:5

What does the “father-child” relationship imply?

How can you tell if a child is related to a certain father?

How could Israel become “no longer His children”?

Is there any hope for Israel to be reconciled with Jehovah?


READ Deuteronomy 32:6, 10-14

What does “requite” or “repay” the Lord imply?

How does the mother eagle teach her young to fly?

Unlike in our culture, how did Israel regard the “fat” of anything?


READ Deuteronomy 32:15-18

After being offered (and sometimes enjoying) the “cream of the crop” of the Lord’s blessings, what does Israel “waxing fat and kicking” imply?

Why did the Children of Israel view the Lord’s blessings as theirs by right?


READ Deuteronomy 32:19-26

What happens when the Lord “hides His face” from a people?

Why does the Lord scatter His people?


READ Deuteronomy 32:36-42

When the Lord has scattered and cursed Israel, what can their gods do?

Why does the Lord curse them?

When they have been sufficiently humbled because they have no power, what will the Lord do?


READ Deuteronomy 32:43

Why should they rejoice?

Songs are meant to be remembered, so what is the lyrical arc in this song?



Moses Is Translated & Taken into Heaven

READ Deuteronomy 34:1-6 and Alma 45:19

What is Moses being shown?

Why would the Deuteronomists and/or the apostate Christian church want to remove Moses’ translation from the scriptures?

What really happened next?


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